MOSCOW, January 20 (Sputnik) — AirAsia plane climbed at ‘beyond normal speed’ what might have caused mechanical problems and provoke the crash, BBC reported on Tuesday.
"The plane, during the last minutes, went up faster than normal speed… then it stalled," Indonesia's transport minister Ignasius Jonan said in a statement, cited by the newspaper. "It is unlikely that a fighter jet would increase its flight level at a speed of 6,000ft per minute," he added.
As previously reported, black boxes recovered from the bottom of the Java Sea, did not record any strange voices or sounds of explosion, making a version of terrorist attack highly unlikely.
The data from the retrieved voice recorders is still being analyzed. A preliminary report is expected to be issued on January, 28.
The Malaysian AirAsia plane, en route from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore, crashed into the Java Sea on December 28, 2014. All 162 passengers are assumed dead, with 53 bodies already recovered during the search operation.